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Rapid Reaction: Blues 2, Rangers 1

1/23/2014

NEW YORK -- The St. Louis Blues recovered from Tuesday's 7-1 shellacking by the Devils to knock off the Rangers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden Thursday night.

Sochi-bound defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk snapped a 1-1 draw in the third period, tallying a power-play goal with Rangers star winger Rick Nash in the penalty box.

Meanwhile, the Rangers squandered all three man-up opportunities, including one in the third period, as Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak bested Henrik Lundqvist to saddle the Blueshirts with their second straight loss.

Man down: The Blues lost the services of leading scorer Alexander Steen, who missed the third period with a lower-body injury sustained earlier in the game. Steen notched his 26th goal of the season in the first, but was doubled over in pain on the Blues bench during the second period after a hard hit into the boards. Steen is slated to be a member of the Swedish Olympic team that will compete in Sochi, Russia, next month.

On fire: With his 10th goal in 10 games, top-line winger Rick Nash sniped a shot from the left circle to tie the game at 1 with 1:43 remaining in the second period. Nash, who was named to the Canadian Olympic team earlier this month, leads the Rangers with 17 goals and has scored in four consecutive games. Nash's slashing penalty in the third was a costly one, though, as Shattenkirk's bomb put the Blues up 2-1.

Roughed up: Chris Kreider sure looked like the guy responsible for allowing Steen an unimpeded path right to Lundqvist's doorstop. Steen earned his team-leading 26th goal of the season as the puck trickled in through Lundqvist's pads for a 1-0 Blues lead at 8:38 of the first period. Kreider recovered with a few nice plays on the other end of the ice, forcing a turnover in the Blues' defensive zone and later racing in for a breakaway attempt. Kreider wiped out into the end boards, though, and appeared shaken up after he was hit in the head with the butt end of David Backes' stick. Kreider, who appeared irked at the lack of penalty, remained in the game.

Roll call: There were two scouts from the Winnipeg Jets on hand for Thursday's game. Although the Jets are assumed to be sellers at the deadline -- with Dustin Byfuglien reportedly available -- Winnipeg has rattled off four straight wins under new coach Paul Maurice heading into Thursday's action.